Introduction

MAGTANIM AY DI BIRO

      Magtanim ay di biro
      Maghapong nakayuko         
      Di naman makatayo           
      Di naman makaupo

      Halina, halina mga kaliyag
      Tayo'y magsipag-unat-unat
      Magpanibago tayo ng lakas
      Para sa araw ng bukas

 

singing.gif (15202 bytes)

TAGALOG has 16 consonant sounds, 5 vowel sounds, and 5 diphthongs. Syllable stress is used to distinguish between words that are otherwise similar. With the exception of the glottal stop ( ' ), all of the sounds are represented by letters in writing. TAGALOG  is a highly phonetic language. Generally, words are spelled as they are pronounced.

The song on this page introduces you to the Tagalog sounds.